About this branch

GregorR is the original author of musl-cross, but is sometimes busy with life and may vanish from time to time. If the repo GregorR/musl-cross seems out of date, you may want to check .

About musl-cross

This is a small suite of scripts and patches to build a musl libc cross-compiler. Prebuilt cross and native compilers are available at

For the impatient, ./ should build a cross compiler to /opt/cross/<arch>-linux-musl, no muss, no fuss. Otherwise, you can edit to make cross-compilers to other architectures, and even copy to another directory then run from there to avoid polluting the source dir.

Notes on building normal cross compilers

  • For ARM, you must set the triple to arm-linux-musleabi (eabi is the important bit here)

  • You can set versions of binutils, GCC or musl in with:

  • You can set configure flags for each step:

  • You can use a git checkout of musl with:

    MUSL_VERSION=<git tag or commit>
  • If you do not have the GMP, MPFR and/or MPC development libraries on your host, you can build them along with GCC with a line:



  • If you would like to target a specific CPU revision, usually this is done by GCC configuration options like so:


For ix86 however, it is more common to do this by the target name, e.g. i486-linux-musl instead of i686-linux-musl.

Upgrading cross compilers

It is possible to upgrade the musl version in a musl-cross cross compiler without rebuilding the entire cross compiler prefix from scratch. Simply download and extract the new version of musl, then configure it like so:

./configure --prefix="<prefix>/<triple>" CC="<triple>-gcc"

Where "<prefix>" is the prefix the cross compiler root was installed/extracted to, and <triple> is the GNU-style target triple (e.g. i486-linux-musl).

Other scripts and helpers

  • is an example configuration file. In many cases, it will do exactly what you want it to do with no modification, which is why it's simply named "" instead of, e.g., ""

  • extra/ will build the dependencies for GCC into the build prefix specified by, which are just often a nice thing to have. It is of course not necessary.

  • extra/ builds convenient musl cross-compiler tarballs in a rather inconvenient way. It first builds a musl cross-compiler to the host platform (e.g. i686), then it uses that to build static cross-compilers to various platforms. As a result, building e.g. three cross-compiler tarballs involves eight compiler build phases (read: this is slow). However, the resultant tarballs are cross-compilers statically linked against musl, making them stable and portable.

  • is an example configuration file for building a static cross-compiler. You can use this if, e.g., you already have a build of musl (and so have musl-gcc) but would like to make a complete, static cross-compiler based on that, or if you already have a musl cross-compiler (and so have <arch>-linux-musl-gcc) but would like to make a static cross-compiler itself compiled against musl.


musl-cross depends on:

  • shell and core utils (busybox is fine)
  • mercurial or git (for checkout only)
  • wget (busybox is fine)
  • patch
  • gcc
  • make
  • gawk

The following are GCC dependencies, which can be installed on the host system, or installed automatically using GCC_BUILTIN_PREREQS=yes:

  • gmp
  • mpfr
  • mpc

Building GMP additionally requires m4.

Other sources

The patches for GCC are maintained in a separate repository, (mirrored to git at ).